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Orioles minor league recap 7/29: Adley singles! Twice!

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Bowie and Frederick won, but Norfolk threw another suckfest and Delmarva and Aberdeen couldn’t muster much offense.

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Norfolk Tides 3, Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 11

Not a glowing Triple-A debut for Bruce Zimmermann, who’d been stellar this season—5-3 with a 2.58 ERA in 17 starts—with Double-A Bowie. The IronPigs roughed him up for 10 hits and 5 runs in 4 innings to saddle him with an unsightly 11.25 ERA in his first start. He only walked two, though! Another recent arrival from Bowie, Pedro Araujo was even worse in relief, allowing 8 hits—including 3 home runs—and 6 runs in 3 innings of work. Ouch. Josh Lucas, who’s had a roller coaster season between here and the bigs, pitched a scoreless inning.

The good news, such as it was, was that Norfolk racked up nine hits in this lopsided effort. Austin Hays, a little cool of late, showed some signs of life with a homer on a 2-for-4 day. Ryan Mountcastle was 1-for-4. Jack Reinheimer has 2 hits and one RBI, and Curaçao native Ademar Rifaela had 2 hits, including a triple.

Bowie Baysox 7, Binghamton (Mets) 2

Another strong start by a Baysox pitcher. Tyler Herb, picked up from San Francisco this spring, assigned to Bowie, promoted to Norfolk, and now back down in Bowie, had a solid game, allowing just two runs on two hits. He’s 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA at this level. Cody Sedlock continues to shine in a relief role, with a scoreless three innings. In three games at Bowie, he has an ERA of 0.00.

It was a nice balanced day on offense for Bowie. Cedric Mullins (2-for-5, .232 BA) had a solo home run in the sixth. Catcher Martin Cervenka had a two-run blast in the ninth on a 2-for-4 day. Ryan Ripken went 1-for-3, and Mason McCoy was 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs to put him at .284 on the season. Yusniel Diaz had an 0-fer in four trips to the plate.

Frederick Keys 6, Potomac (Walgreens) 4

Filling in for the DFA’d Nate Karns was Brenan Hanifee (8-9, 4.46 ERA), who tossed a decent five innings and gave up four runs on six hits. In relief, Diogenes Almengo was solid (3 IP, 0 R, 3.77 ERA). Same for Tim Naughton (1 IP, 1 SO, 2.84 ERA).

Cole Billingsley and Zach Jarrett had back-to-back home runs for Frederick in a 5-run first inning. Patrick Dorrian contributed a two-run double on a 2-for-4 day, and Jomar Reyes also doubled.

Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Charleston (Yankees) 11

After shutting out the Yankees affiliate on Saturday, on Sunday the Shorebirds somehow couldn’t contain them. Ryan Wilson (5-4, 3.20 ERA) pitched three scoreless innings, gave up a two-run home run in the fourth, then allowed the first three batters to reach in the sixth. Reliever Ruben García allowed all three to score, plus one more of his own in what turned into a blown save. Felix Bautista had an uncharacteristically awful day, allowing five runs in an inning-plus of work.

For the Shorebirds, Johnny Rizer went 1-for-4 with a run scored, Adam Hall reached base four times, and Ryne Ogren was 2-for-4. Recent promotion Zach Watson was 1-5 with an RBI.

Aberdeen IronBirds 0, Hudson Valley (Rays) 3

Adley Rutschman now has his first hit—two!—in professional baseball. He singled once in the seventh, and again in the ninth. Yay! Let them be the first of many.

Unfortunately, the IronBirds only managed three more hits on the day—one each from Toby Welk, Kyle Stowers, and Andrew Daschbach—and got shut out.

The winningly named Dan Hammer went 4.1 innings with 5 strikeouts and two runs allowed. He’s 1.59 on the season so far. Fifteenth-rounder Kyle Martin and 29th-rounder Houston Roth combined for 2.2 scoreless, and Griffin McLarty allowed a run on a walk and a pair of singles.

Complete box scores from Sunday’s games can be found here.

Monday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: vs Charlotte, 7:05. Starter: Chandler Shepherd (0-9, 8.39 ERA)
  • Bowie: vs Reading, 7:05. Starter: Dean Kremer (7-4, 3.04 ERA)
  • Delmarva: vs. Charleston, 7:05. Starter: Hector Guance (8-3, 3.55 ERA)